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Here is a quick briefing of the changes we are implementing to ensure everyone's safety: 
*Masks will be required of participants
*arrival time is 6:45-7, and practice will commence at 7
*we have needed to temporarily suspend the gathering time for herbal tea from 6:30 - 7 pm during the pandemic
*We ask yogis to enter in via the front door and set up their mats in the Gathering area (foyer) 
*We ask meditators to enter via the green door off the parking lot which leads you directly into classroom 1
*meditation and yoga start up on October 6. (Discussion group did not take a summer break and continues on) 
Here are the specifics for yoga, meditation and discussion groups: 
*Yoga - starting on October 6th, we will reconvene with in-person yoga. Participants are invited to gather from 6:45 - 7 as they set up their mat and get settled.  (unfortunately, we cannot use the 'loaner mats' during this time. Please bring your own mat) Practice will commence at 7 pm. We will meet in the 'Gathering Area', the larger foyer area where we would previously enjoy herbal tea around the circle tables.  This location will allow greater social distancing than in the Fireside Room and will be cleared out to allow at least six feet for social distancing. Masks are required by participants. In order for everyone to hear the instructor, she will not be wearing a mask while she is instructing from her mat. She will be situated at a larger distance than the six feet to ensure safety. When the instructor goes around to assist people with their poses, she will mask. 
As you know, we have been searing for a new instructor. We are so blessed at Northwood and I am delighted to announce that Sunni Cooper (see picture attached) will be joining us to continue our yoga practice. I truly enjoyed meeting her and am sure you will enjoy her as well. Here are a few words from Sunni: 
I have been a yoga instructor for 15 years and a fitness instructor for 33 years. I am trained in the swami kripalu discipline which is a Hatha based yoga with an eclectic mix of kundalini and Ashtanga yoga. Kripalu means compassion in Sanskrit. The type of yoga I teach is gentle and compassionate with an encouragement to go inwards to increase self awareness and self compassion. This is beneficial to all levels and all ages. Healing is my passion and the essence of my work. I also teach restorative yoga, yin yoga, flow yoga, fitness yoga, gentle therapeutic yoga, yoga nidra, senior yoga, family yoga and children yoga. I have my level one Reiki certification, and a level one Thai yoga massage therapy certification. I also enjoy interests in holistic healing methods, tai chi, belly dancing, hula Polynesian dance, and nature walks. I am looking forward to sharing my practice with you
    Om Shanti may peace be with you,
    Sunni
*Mindfulness Meditation - starting on October 6th, the meditation group led by Rev. Scott will begin to gather (both in-person and via zoom video conferencing) once again. Participants are invited to arrive from 6:45 - 7 pm. Please enter via the green door off the parking lot which takes you directly into classroom #1 (this is the normal room for our practice). This will minimize meditation participants running into our yogis. Masks are required of all participants. We will need to determine how well participants can hear Rev. Scott with a mask and decide what is the best direction here. 
For those wishing to join the group via the zoom gathering, I am pasting the link below (it will be the same link each week): 
*On Our Faith Journey Discussion Group - has continued through the summer and now into the fall via video conferencing.  They have just begun to study Marcus Borg’s book, “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time.” Borg distinguished between the Jesus of history and the Christ of the early Christian community and discusses what that difference can mean today. If you wish to learn more about this group, connect with either David or John and they will get you link to the video gathering (jppayne@telus.net ) or (dmahiban@hotmail.com)